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SDS Worldwide (MSDS)

The UN-GHS allows countries to individually decide which GHS hazard classes or hazard categories will be selected for a country or region as a classification and labelling basis. This approach is often referred to as the "GHS Building Block Approach".

In the EU some elements have been omitted, but for example additional label elements (EUH phrases) from previous legislation, that are not part of the UN GHS, have been taken over. Depending on the national implementation of the UN-GHS, this may result in differences in the classification and labelling of products and thus also in the safety data sheets.

SDS "Safety Data Sheets" (old: MSDS) can be ordered for a wide variety of countries and regions worldwide. Depending on the country and region, these may be data sheets according to European CLP standard or the respective national implementation of UN-GHS:

  • Europe - not EU Member States
  • North America
  • Central and South America
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East


The UN-GHS is regularly updated and adapted on the basis of new findings and experiences. The relevant updates are implemented in the national standards.

On the website of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), various links are available:

  • GHS pictograms
    The official pictograms can be downloaded in various formats


The freely accessible working documents and minutes of the GHS committee provide information on current developments and discussion bases. They are available under the menu items "GHS Sub Committee" and "Committee of Experts on TDG and GHS" on the website of UNECE.

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